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  • California’s Water – Energy Relationship

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    California’s Water – Energy Relationship

    California Energy Commission | November 1, 2005...
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    This is an urgent time of both challenge and opportunity. The primary finding of this paper is that a major portion of the...

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  • California’s Water: Energy and Water

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    California’s Water: Energy and Water

    Public Policy Institute of California | October 1, 2016...
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    Energy and water use in the state are interconnected yet managed separately. This brief describes the synergies and tradeoffs between the two sectors...

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  • Climate Change and Water Supply Security: Reconfiguring Groundwater Management to Reduce Drought Vulnerability

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    Climate Change and Water Supply Security: Reconfiguring Groundwater Management to Reduce Drought Vulnerability

    California Energy Commission (CEC) | July 31, 2012...
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    Periodic droughts, projected to become more frequent and severe with climate change, present a significant planning challenge for California’s water agencies. This research...

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  • Climate Change Effects on the High-Elevation Hydropower System with Consideration of Warming Impacts on Electricity Demand and Pricing

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    Climate Change Effects on the High-Elevation Hydropower System with Consideration of Warming Impacts on Electricity Demand and Pricing

    California Energy Commission (CEC) | July 31, 2012...
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    While only about 30 percent of California’s usable water storage capacity lies at higher elevations, high-elevation hydropower units generate, on average, 74 percent...

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  • Climate change impacts on water resources and hydropower potential in the Upper Colorado River Basin

    Climate change impacts on water resources and hydropower potential in the Upper Colorado River Basin

    Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies | April 23, 2015...
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    Precipitation projections from climate models vary up to 16%; flow projections revealed greater differences, up to 50%. The climate models projected increase in...

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  • Connecting the dots between water, energy, food, and ecosystems issues for Integrated Water Management in a changing climate

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    Connecting the dots between water, energy, food, and ecosystems issues for Integrated Water Management in a changing climate

    California Department of Water Resources (DWR) | March 7, 2017...
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    Global climate change creates critical challenges through increasing temperature, reducing snowpack, and changing precipitation for water, energy, and food, as well as for...

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  • Desalination Plant Entrainment Impacts and Mitigation

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    Desalination Plant Entrainment Impacts and Mitigation

    California State Water Resources Control Board | October 9, 2013...
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    Raw seawater is used for a variety of purposes, including as source water for desalination plants and to cool coastal power plants. Raw...

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  • Energizing Water Efficiency: California Energy Sector Experiences Can Advance State’s Water Conservation and Efficiency

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    Energizing Water Efficiency: California Energy Sector Experiences Can Advance State’s Water Conservation and Efficiency

    Pacific Institute | December 29, 2013...
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    As a dry December accentuates the stress on California’s limited water supplies, the success of the state’s energy sector in implementing efficiency programs...

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  • Energy Down the Drain: The Hidden Costs of California’s Water Supply

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    Energy Down the Drain: The Hidden Costs of California’s Water Supply

    Pacific Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council | August 24, 2004...
    Summary

    As California’s electricity demand sets record highs and the Southwest is parched by drought, Energy Down the Drain: The Hidden Cost of California’s Water Supply by...

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  • Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Hydroelectricity Generation

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    Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Hydroelectricity Generation

    Pacific Institute | March 17, 2015...
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    California’s hottest and driest drought in recorded history is shifting the sources of energy for electricity with adverse economic and environmental consequences. The...

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